CFCC Advising Center Helps Students Find the "Perfect Schedule"

Getting the "perfect schedule" is one of the major goals of any college student. However, it can be a challenge for the advisors, who have to search through the college computer system to get students in the classes that fit their graduation requirements as well as their work schedule.

"At this time of the year, it's hard to build the magic schedule when you're working with what's open, but it is possible," faculty advisor Jennifer Call said.

She emphasized that the CFCC advising center is a much better way to for students to register because she can spend more time with students, especially those who are new to the college.

"New students have a lot of questions. It's very difficult to answer them during regular registration because of the long lines, everyone is in a hurry," Call said. "Because they come to the advising center, I can sign them up for the classes they want to take, rather than just what's open," she added.

CFCC students have given the advising center high marks too.

Holly Holm, a third semester college transfer student, said that she waited in line this winter for the spring semester for three hours and all the classes she wanted were full. This time, however, she decided to try and avoid the frustration of late registration by coming to the advising center.

"The teachers here really have time to talk to you and answer your questions. They can look at your grades and tell you which classes you are right for," Holm said

David Rappaport, a returning college transfer student, said that the difference in late registration and the advising center is "night and day." "The advisor I talked to took a lot of time to answer my questions and I was still able to get a work schedule and school schedule."

The popularity of the center has greatly increased over previous years. In the first three weeks of June, over 1,200 students have registered through the center, which offers shorter lines and a one-on-one meeting with an advisor. Due to the increasing numbers of students coming to the advising center, the college has extended the dates that the center will be open until July 24. Originally, the center was set to close on June 27.

College officials strongly encourage students who want to enroll in the fall to register at the advising center rather than waiting until late registration in August. Overall, CFCC's enrollment is up by more than 900 students over last year.

The CFCC Advising Center is open Mondays - Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through July 24th. The center is located in Room A-314 of the Galhouse Building at 411 N. Front St. Call 362-7000 for more information.